June 29, 2014
SAN DIEGO – Former Uconn baseball standout Nick Ahmed (’11) was promoted to the Arizona Diamondbacks in advance of the club’s contest on Sunday (June 29) against the San Diego Padres. Ahmed becomes the third former UConn player currently on a Major League Baseball roster, joining Mike Olt (’10) of the Chicago Cubs and George Springer (’11) of the Houston Astros.
With three former Huskies now playing in the MLB, UConn has the most active big leaguers it has ever had. The feat was also accomplished in 1961 (Walt Dropo, Moe Morhardt and Rollie Sheldon) and most recently in 2003 (Jason Grabowski, Charles Nagy and Pete Walker). The current trio mark the first former Huskies who played for head coach Jim Penders to ascend to the MLB.
Ahmed’s promotion comes during a breakout year for the shortstop, who was batting .324 in 79 games this season at AAA-Reno. He also cracked a pair of home runs and drove in 36 runs, adding 10 stolen bases and holding an .822 OPS.
The 2013 winner of the Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove award at the shortstop position, Ahmed played in 165 games for UConn from 2009-11. Overall in his Connecticut career, he batted .304 with eight home runs, 98 RBIs and 68 stolen bases. In his sterling 2011 campaign, Ahmed hit .324 en route to All-BIG EAST second team honors as UConn advanced to the NCAA Clemson Regional. He appears in several places in the Husky record books, including the fourth-highest stolen base total in program history.
Ahmed was selected in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft, 85th overall, by the Atlanta Braves. He was dealt from Atlanta to Arizona in a January 2013 deal that sent Justin Upton to the Braves.